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Moviegoers, rejoice! Bend’s Regal Cinemas reopens

(Update: Clarifying that masks can only be removed while eating, drinking; link to full policies)

Remember the smell of movie popcorn?

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Moviegoers in Bend finally have something to be excited for. The big-screen cinematic experience is officially back at Bend's Regal Cinemas in the Old Mill, which reopened Friday for the first time in many months.

You may have forgotten what its like to go to the movies, but the Regal team is open for business, and they say they're hoping to refresh everyone's memory in this "new normal."

"I'm just really excited to be here," said moviegoer Faith Lyons. She and her mother, Alix, were one of the first customers to make their way into the lobby, awaiting their first theatrical experience in months.

Faith and her mother were avid moviegoers, but their weekend hobby quickly faded, due to the government shutdowns amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

You might not be able to see the smiles on their faces, due to their masks, but you could sense their enthusiasm from a mile away.

"Some families go on vacations for fun, but we go to the movies," Alix said.

So what's the movie-going experience going to look like?

Regal said that Oregon COVID-19 health guidelines require that all customers purchase their tickets online prior to the showing. They will be able to scan their tickets with the Regal app, or they can print their tickets.

Customers must wear a mask upon entering the building,and in the auditoriums as well, though they can be removed to enjoy food and beverages.

Regal's reopening policies are outlined here.

New releases like Warner Brother's "Tenet" and Marvel's "New Mutants" are among the first offerings.

But if you're feeling like watching a throwback, "Rocky" (1976) and "Shrek" (2001) are also on the lineup.

Regal says the success of new releases will ultimately determine if the major studios will continue to produce new films for theaters during the pandemic.

But for those in attendance Friday in Bend, they're just happy to be back.

"It's this feeling of home, for me -- it feels good to get out of my head and get out of whatever situation I'm in," Faith said. "It's not the same, watching it at home, either, so it's nice to be in the theater, and see the world a little."

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17 Comments

  1. Yes, so excited….

    Spend $50 to watch a crappy movie with overpriced food and drinks during a pandemic in a movie theater without ventilation or

    Watching a movie at home, comfortable, without potentially getting Covid for the cost of Netflix, priceless

    Thanks but no thanks. Those with a clue gonna keep on with the netflix n chill.

      1. A burnt weanie sandie being the preferred fare at your daily drunkin extravaganzas!!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Sooooooooooooooooooooooo fun !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. $50 for a movie? Watching with inconsiderate and sloppy people? Social distancing? Cancel Regal Cinemas? My oh my you people must be the people I see driving around with windows up and wearing a shield and mask. Nearly 200,000 people in Deschutes county and we’ve had 650 cases. Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t that 3 tenths of one percent. What the heck are you worried about.

      1. One of the reasons that the number of infected is low is because of businesses like a crowded/unsafe movie theater being closed these past months. I would be worried about being a part of a surge should I attend a movie at the theater. Not at all worth the risk. I believe in wearing a mask in indoor places of business. But I do not want to have to wear a mask for several hours at a time for something as non-essential as a movie. Not even a close call……

  2. A better idea would be to use an outdoor screen in a fenced off area.
    The person at the entrance can sell sheets of butcher paper to sit on, and fresh popped popcorn in paper lunch sacks. Bring your own drinks.
    Sound can be via wireless headphones.
    Spacing 6 feet or more between couples/families
    Fresh air
    Masks and googles optional.
    Bring a blanket for chillier evenings.
    I have seen this done in villages in developing countries with great success.

  3. I’ve been to plenty of movies in theaters (theatres if you’re from the UK or its colonies). I actually stopped going a few years ago because I just wasn’t engaged by the movies as I was in my younger years. With the pandemic and the potential for the outbreak of violence in crowded social settings, I’m probably going to continue keeping my distance.

  4. $50 for a movie? Watching with inconsiderate and sloppy people? Social distancing? Cancel Regal Cinemas? My oh my you people must be the people I see driving around with windows up and wearing a shield and mask. Nearly 200,000 people in Deschutes county and we’ve had 650 cases. Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t that 3 tenths of one percent. What the heck are you worried about.

    1. Smith Rock has well over 200,00 visitors during the 3 months of summer. If 650 of those visitors were bitten by rattlesnakes, most would be a little careful about where we were stepping.

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